1. Wide of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama walking to stage
2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"We gather to celebrate Black History month and from our earliest days, Black history has been American history. Where the slaves carried the stone to build this White House, the soldiers who fought for our nation's independence, who fought to hold this union together, who fought for freedom of others around the world. They were the scientists and inventors who helped unleash American innovation. We stand on the shoulders not only of the giants in this room but also countless, nameless heroes who marched for equality and justice for all of us."
3. Wide of Obama, Michelle UPSOUND (English) President Barack Obama: "We know it's Black History Month when you hear somebody say 'hey Michelle.'"
4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"So we are so proud to honor this rich heritage but Black History month shouldn't be treated as though it's somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boil it down to a compilation of greatest hits from the march on Washington or from some of our sports heroes. There are well-meaning attempts to do that all around us from classrooms to cooperate ad campaigns but we know that this should be more than just a commemoration of particular events. It's about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America."
5. Wide of event
6. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"America is a nation that is a constant work in progress that's why we are exceptional. We don't stop. There's a gap. There always will be between who we are and the perfect union, that ideal that we see but what makes us exceptional, what makes us Americans is that we fight wars and we pass laws and we march and we organize unions and we stage protests and that gap gets smaller over time and it's that effort for form a more perfect union that marks us as a people."